“Chess is a sensitive thing, knowing when to hit and how to duck.”
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a child prodigy hit chess. Amazingly long chess players and enthusiasts with incredible victories at just 13 and 14, this soon-to-be game grandmaster traveled abroad to play a Russian match that crossed the pieces of the table and became a symbol of one nation’s political conflict with another.
While you may think I’m talking about the new Netflix hit series, Queen Gambit, in fact, I reflect on the life and times of the chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer. His layered career was full of great success and failed failure, which was partly explained by his absolute obsession with the game, rejecting other social norms and expectations as irrelevant. He wanted to say, “Chess is life.” For a professional chess player, it makes sense. Just like for a professional writer, writing is life.
And yet, this statement has a deeper, deeper meaning.
In reality, I just finished watching Queen Gambit and it was an excellent description of the world of chess in the 60s, as well as a fascinating look at the dangers of reputation and the pitfalls of addiction. In the limited series, Beth, a young orphan, is taught to play chess at the age of nine and quickly realizes that he has a natural gift to be able to imagine the pieces of the table, the moves, the opponent’s answers, and his potential counters. As he struggles with his personal demons, he also strives to achieve greatness in a game that is already ruthless for men, virtually unbearable for women. The short episode of episodes aptly places us as observers in Beth’s maturation as both a professional chess player and a friend, and it’s emotionally rewarding.
The question posed by Stephanie Liu in a private group of directors encouraged this way of thinking for me. Theoretical exercise, he asked if you plan to go to bed on December 31, 2020 and wake up and notice that it is now January 1 of the same year, will give you a whole year to do while you know everything that is going on. what would you do differently?
The first reaction is, of course, horrified by the possibility of having to endure again this year, but if you remove this year’s details from the equation and look at the question for each year, then what?
If you had the last week, the last month, or the last year to complete a task, while keeping your records of the future, how would that change your decisions?
What would you do differently if you could?
Consider your job or business. Think about the choices you make and their consequences.
This is a great chess player practice. Each match is played in real time and then replayed countless times in the imagination of the players. They spend time analyzing all the moves made and wondering if they could have had more effective plays even if they won the match. And they do the same in other players ’matches. One of Fischer’s best-selling books is play-by-play counting from his 60 best matches.
In Queen Gambit we are given an idea of Beth’s mind by visualizing his pieces. We see how he imagines the board to be facing the ceiling above his head, the pieces flying back and forth from square to square as he relentlessly drives all possible movements and responses. As he practices and learns more episodes and game styles, he is able to anticipate the movements that will continue to take place in the game.
We can’t make even a minute of our lives, but with careful research and practice we can anticipate more closely the movements and opportunities ahead!
Planning and research take time. It is not easy to develop a winning strategy that is also designed to be flexible in response to crises and opportunities. That is why few do it.
Yet this, as Stephanie would say, is the difference that makes the difference.
If your business opponents – competitors – don’t invest in a long-term strategy and don’t see your endgame, it will give you an incredible advantage. Such an advantage to overcome many weaknesses, such as budget or be first in the market.
Take, for example, Agorapulse, where I have worked for years to develop influencer and brand relationships – a long-term strategy and investment in relationship building that began years earlier. Today, we enjoy the most popular and popular social media management tools on the market, despite the fact that we don’t have the resources or the start-up time of competitors. 🧡
Today, you have the opportunity to map out a vision for yourself, either personally or professionally. You will have the opportunity to consider not only what you want to achieve, but also how your industry, your potential customers and your market in general can fall and how and anywhere, you can take advantage of it.
It was Fischer who said, “Chess is a delicate consideration when knowing when to hit and how to duck.” Students in the game know that once the gaps are worn and the pieces have begun to develop into each opponent’s area, it’s time to carefully consider each move and subsequent moves. It sometimes means withdrawing and sometimes even making valuable sacrifices. The key, of course, is that judgment and vision are in place so you know when to hit and how to duck.
Are you pouring all your resources into making new sales or are you investing in the growth of your brand position in the long run? How do you balance short-term needs with long-term goals?
Personally, I enjoy investing in creating the content that I am know helps develop my reputation and work to advance my business goals over the years. I’m not just blogging, I create content that brings in the traffic you target, helps develop visitors into leads and then converts those leads into sales.
For example, here’s a little behind the scenes … I’m currently setting myself up as an expert in influencer marketing and brand program building. I strategically invest in webinars, presentations, blog posts and other materials so that in the near future I have established my authority and will be able to earn it successfully. Just like I’ve had with blogging and content marketing before. This is what I anticipate several transfers in advance and to make sure my songs are already in place by the time I’m ready to launch.
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Put to account This an opportunity to invest in the future success of you and your business!